FIRE GIVEAWAY: Flemming Rose’s ‘The Tyranny of Silence’

August 23, 2016

Today, FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff teamed up with Danish author and journalist Flemming Rose at Folketinget, the Danish Parliament, for their sold out seminar “The Challenges of Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century.” To celebrate, FIRE is giving away 200 copies of Rose’s acclaimed book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech.

Rose was the culture editor of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten when, in 2005, it published controversial cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. That decision—and Rose’s subsequent defense of it—earned Denmark a place at the center of an international controversy over the limits of free speech. As the Cato Institute, The Tyranny of Silence’s publisher, points out, the book is much more than Rose’s personal account: “[Rose] defends freedom of speech as essential to a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.”

FIRE agrees with Rose’s defense. In our mission to defend civil liberties—including freedom of speech—on America’s college and university campuses, mutual understanding through vigorous debate and dialogue is more important than ever before. We hope a complimentary copy of this important book will help broaden your understanding of how free speech helps shape and improve the world we all share.

The Tyranny of Silence has been praised by a number of notable figures, including author and longtime FIRE ally Jonathan Rauch, Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, and New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, who writes: “If you only read one book on this subject, read this one. If you want to read two books, read this twice.” 

The Economist selected The Tyranny of Silence as one of its Books of the Year in 2014.

This form is now closed because we’ve run out of copies. Check our website frequently for information on future giveaways.